President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that Nikki Haley has resigned as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and will leave her post at the end of the year.
Trump said nothing about a possible replacement during the surprise Oval Office announcement, nor did Haley, but did she drop a major hint on who might replace her?
In addition to thanking the president and first lady Melania Trump, Haley thanked first daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner.
“I can’t say enough good things about Jared and Ivanka. Jared is such a hidden genius that no one understands.”
Haley said “we’re a better country because they’re in this administration” and she gave Kushner, a senior adviser to Trump, credit for renegotiating last week’s North American Free Trade Agreement deal.
Ambassador Haley has served America with dignity + distinction.
She is a bold reformer and has been an unwavering champion of truth, principled realism and integrity within the United Nations.
Jared and I are grateful for her friendship — a true blessing in our lives! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/sidkwXzPZB
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) October 9, 2018
And to be clear, her resignation was not over Trump’s policies.
“It has been an honor of a lifetime,” Haley said. “Now the United States is respected. Countries might not like what we do, but they respect what we do.”
But tongues were quick to wag over whether Haley dropped a clue in mentioning Ivanka and Kushner.
CNN’s Jake Tapper did his part to toss Ivanka’s name around, responding to a tweet saying she started following a number of Defense Department accounts on Twitter.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 9, 2018
But Tapper wasn’t alone in feeding the speculation.
Trump says he will name a successor within "two or three weeks." pic.twitter.com/gzi1Lwbd2d
— Fabian Reinbold (@fabreinbold) October 9, 2018
For those reading tea leaves, why did @nikkihaley called Jared Kushner a "hidden genius"?
— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) October 9, 2018
Conservative firebrand Ann Coulter came right out and said who she thinks it should be:
Trump should replace Nikki Haley with Ivanka.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) October 9, 2018
Conservative political commentator Katie Pavlich offered an interesting alternative, given that President Trump is widely expected to can Attorney General Jeff Sessions after the midterms.
“Prediction: Senator Lindsey Graham is going to Attorney General and Nikki Haley will replace his Senate seat in South Carolina,” she tweeted.
Prediction: Senator Lindsey Graham is going to Attorney General and Nikki Haley will replace his Senate seat in South Carolina
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) October 9, 2018
Sen. Graham took to Twitter to insist that Haley has a “very bright future” in the GOP.
Nikki Haley has a very bright future and will be a key player in both the future of the Republican Party and our nation as a whole for years to come.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 9, 2018
In her resignation letter, Haley was clear that she “will surely not be a candidate for any office in 2020.”
Here’s a sampling of other responses on a possible successor, which Trump said he will choose in the next two or three weeks, from Twitter:
— Michael C. Bender (@MichaelCBender) October 9, 2018
@RichardGrenell would be great replacement for Nikki Haley
— David Caplan (@DavidCaplanNYC) October 9, 2018
.@RichardGrenell should replace @nikkihaley at the UN. He's a brilliant, world-class diplomat, a fierce fighter for the US & our interests, has been crushing it as US Amb to Germany & would be superb at the UN.
— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) October 9, 2018
Trump says he’ll name a successor to Nikki Haley in 2-3 weeks, or sooner.
Among names being circulated: former WH national security aide Dina Powell.
Powell resigned in January to be close to her family, who remained in NYC during her tenure. UN ambassador is based in NYC.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) October 9, 2018
Who'll be the replacement for Nikki Haley? Dinesh D'Souza? 😁
— Ramanan (@Ramanan_V) October 9, 2018
With President Trump scheduled to meet with Kanye West on Thursday, some feel an Ambassador Ye may be in the cards.
— Nathan Attrill 周雷森 (@nathanattrill) October 9, 2018
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